Our faces are the very basis of our self-identity, so how do we respond to someone without one? Or to someone with the face of another person entirely? Sharrona Pearl explains the promise and peril inherent in facial transplants. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, PopTech 2014, Psychology, Science
Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer discusses the surprising power of being present during everyday activities. "We have many, many studies that suggest that the limits we assume are real are artificial, and that we don't have to accept them at all." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, mind, PopTech 2013, psychology
Psychology professor Kevin Dunbar studies how scientists approach the unexpected and learn from mistakes. Over the course of a year, Dunbar's team studied the habits of four molecular biology labs. They found that those labs most successful at turning mistakes into new theories tended to be more diverse and willing to take risks. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Psychology, Education, PopTech 2010
Amy Cuddy revealed that we can actually change feelings we have about our own status through the physical positions we take with our bodies. Her research participants had higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol after only two minutes in a "power pose". Cuddy asked if such findings can have wider implications for empowerment training. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Psychology
The story of Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton is one of liberation and forgiveness. In 1984, Thompson testified that Cotton raped her, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. Eleven years later, DNA evidence cleared him of the crime. Thompson and Cotton went on to write a memoir together about their experience. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Psychology, Conflict, PopTech 2010
Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman unravels some of creativity's mysterious origins with the help of brain scanning equipment. "Depending on what you are creating - the stimulus, the content - and what stage of the creative process you are in, different brain areas are recruited to help solve the task." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, brain, creativity, PopTech 2013, psychology
Adaptation is the basic idea that we get used to stuff and interpret signals. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how these types of signals relate to pain and social adaptation. How does our previous exposure to pain alter how we experience it now? How is it that we all appreciate the pinnacle of beauty in the same way, but we're drawn to partners with a level of attractiveness similar to our own? Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Economics, Culture, Psychology, PopTech 2010, Behavioral Economics
Google's Regina Dugan shares an incredibly moving personal story about her most important fight and how the lessons she learned during those dark days have shaped her worldview. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Activism, PopTech 2014, Psychology, Stories
Krista Tippett hosts her popular radio show "On Being" live from the PopTech stage with regular contributors Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin as they discuss the human aspect of rebellion. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Activism, Faith, Journalism, Literature, PopTech 2014, Psychology
Fiery Cushman discusses his experiments designed to understand ethical behavior, such as what prevents humans from harming one another. "Part of our aversion to harm is really just an aversion to the physical action." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2013, psychology, Science Fellows 2013
What makes an ideal marriage? Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies and author of "Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage," says that marrying for love is a radical idea. Ironically, as marriage is becoming a more emotionally satisfying relationship, it is also becoming less stable as an institution. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Culture, Psychology, PopTech 2010, Language
Designer Orlagh O'Brien gave a simple emotion-specific quiz to a group of 250 people. Asking respondents to describe five emotions - anger, joy, fear, sadness, and love - in drawings, colors, and words, O'Brien ended up with a set of media she used to create Emotionally}Vague, an online graphic interpretation of the project's results. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Data, PopTech 2010, Culture, Psychology, Language
Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99 - the first comic series to include multicultural superheroes inspired by an Islamic archetype. A clinical psychologist by training, Al-Mutawa is creating new frameworks for confronting stereotypes and extremism through a cast of characters that derive their power from Allah's 99 attributes. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, PopTech 2009, Faith, Visualizations, Psychology, Justice, Art
Psychologist and neuroscientist Chris Chabris studies how rarely we see the world as it really is. A creator of the famous "gorilla experiment," Chabris' work reveals how relying on our intuitions is perilous. Because of copyright issues, we're unable to show the video in its entirety. Please watch the Invisible Gorilla video prior to this talk. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Psychology, Culture, PopTech 2010, Neuroscience, Mind
Retired Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, MD and clinical trainer Laurie Leitch, Ph.D., founded Threshold GlobalWorks to explore a neurobiological approach to social resilience. "We are all wired with it, in case you did not know that," says Leitch. "We are born neurologically wired for resilience because our system is survival-based." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Mind, PopTech Iceland 2012, Psychology, Resilience
What can human society learn from bonobo behavior? Brian Hare studies primates' and non-primates' social skills and asks whether areas of their evolution have surpassed our own. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Science Fellows 2010, Psychology, PopTech 2010
George Bonanno, a professor of clinical psychology, mines massive data sets for surprising revelations about how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity. "There isn't one thing that predicts resilience. It's not two things. It is not necessarily in us." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Mind, PopTech Iceland 2012, Psychology, Resilience
Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman introduces the concept of Possibilianism, a new philosophy that simultaneously embraces a scientific toolbox while exploring new, unconsidered uncertainties about the world around us. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2010, Psychology, Neuroscience, Mind
Ashley Merryman has co-authored numerous articles about parenthood. Over the past two years, she and journalist Po Bronson have collaborated on an award-winning series of articles in New York Magazine. Their most recent work, a book titled NurtureShock, explores cutting edge research that challenges many familiar myths about how to best parent kids. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Education, PopTech 2009, Journalism, Psychology
Kathryn Schulz is an expert on being wrong. The journalist and author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margins of Error," says we make mistakes all the time. The trouble is that often times being wrong feels like being right. What's more, we're usually wrong about what it even means to make mistakes--and how it can lead to better ideas. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Culture, Business, Psychology, PopTech 2010
As the founder of the Community Conferencing Center, Social Innovation Fellow Lauren Abramson works to alter how society typically responds to crime and conflict -- changing the focus from punishment to accountability, healing, and learning. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, Psychology, Conflict, PopTech...
Google's Regina Dugan sits down with John Maeda for a discussion about the importance of the small rebellion, and what happens when you love what you do. And pirates. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Activism, Interview, PopTech 2014, PopTech 2014 Q&A, Psychology,...
Vijay Anand wants to eliminate corruption. That's why he co-founded the 5th Pillar, an organization dedicated to providing citizens with the tools to fight corruption. He's also launched one of India's most successful anti-corruption campaigns with the Zero Rupee Note, a bill that looks like currency but allows citizens to refuse bribery without fear. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, PopTech 2010, Psychology, Finance, Activism, Culture, Education, Human...
Bryan Doerries' Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. By bringing these timeless plays to military audiences, Doerries attempts to create dialogue and community while de-stigmatizing the psychological injuries of war. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2011, Art, Psychology, Community, Conflict, Social Innovation...
Sinan Aral's two areas of interest are behavioral contagions and causality. He believes that if we can understand how behavior is spread in a population, there's the potential to promote good behaviors such as condom use and tolerance and to deter behavior like smoking and violence. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Science Fellows 2010, Culture, PopTech 2010, Psychology
MIT professor Dan Ariely believes that the starting point for making better decisions, particularly with financial matters, requires understanding the impulse to act irrationally. At PopTech 2009, Ariely discussed an excerpt from his new book, The Upside of Irrationality, about the role of emotions in the workplace. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Economics, Science, Psychology, Behavioral Economics, PopTech 2009,...
Consumer psychologist Simonetta Carbonaro implores us to think differently about consumption. A consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster has gotten old. We now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech iceland 2012, Resilience, Community, Culture, Design,...